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Ontario, Calif., April 15, 2012 – Five Prime Healthcare Services’ hospitals were named today among the “100 Top Hospitals” in the nation by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

Thomson Reuters “100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success, 2012” award winners for Prime Healthcare were Centinela Hospital Medical Center, among the large community hospitals, Chino Valley Medical Center, Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, West Anaheim Medical Center [three-time winner], among the medium community hospitals, and Desert Valley Hospital [six-time winner], among the small community hospitals. Five of the nine California community hospitals that earned this distinction were Prime Healthcare hospitals. This is the thirteenth time a Prime Healthcare hospital has been recognized with this honor.

“This prestigious recognition speaks volumes to our commitment to quality patient care,” said Prem Reddy, MD, FACC, FCCP, Chairman, President and CEO of Prime Healthcare Services. “I congratulate the physicians, nurses and staff at these hospitals for their deep devotion to the highest standards of quality care in the country.”

With nearly 3,000 U.S. hospitals surveyed, the hospitals demonstrated that high-quality patient outcomes can be achieved while improving efficiency. According to Thomson Reuters, if all hospitals performed at the same level as the 100 Top Hospitals award winners:

  • More than 186,000 additional lives could be saved.
  • Approximately 56,000 additional patients could be complication-free.
  • More than $4.3 billion could be saved.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.
  • The typical winning hospital charges $464 less per discharge than the typical non-winner.

“Once again, this objective and unbiased data reflects our core values of delivering high-quality care in a cost-effective manner,” said Luis Leon, PA-C, Ph.D and COO of Prime Healthcare Services. “Our patients recognize this fact and that is reflected in our high patient satisfaction scores.”

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

Prime Healthcare Services

Ontario, CA-based Prime Healthcare Services is one of the largest hospital companies in the U.S. Through their subsidiaries, Prime Healthcare Services and the non-profit Prime Healthcare Foundation have more than 12,000 employees and own and operate 16 acute care hospitals: Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, Centinela Hospital Medical Center, Chino Valley Medical Center, Desert Valley Hospital, Encino Hospital Medical Center, Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, Huntington Beach Hospital, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, Montclair Hospital Medical Center, Paradise Valley Hospital, San Dimas Community Hospital, Shasta Regional Medical Center, Sherman Oaks Hospital, West Anaheim Medical Center, all in California, Harlingen Medical Center, in Texas and Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania.

Prime Healthcare was recognized as the ‘Top 15 Health System’ in the nation in 2012 and the ‘Top 10 Health System’ in the nation in 2009 by Thomson Reuters. Of the twelve hospitals that are accredited by Joint Commission, nine earned national recognition as “Top Performer,” (Top 14%), on Key Quality Measures in 2011 by Joint Commission, the leading accreditation organization in the country. Five of the hospitals were ranked as the ‘Top 100 Hospitals’ for quality patient care in 2012.